Become a fashion design star!

This month, we have a treat for students of fashion design and for budding designers! We have a range of new books explaining how to crack into the ever-challenging fashion industry, from books on fashion illustration to books on how to put a collection together. We also have a hit of Hollywood glamour, along with beautiful fashion photography from the likes of Eugene Vernier and Jonathan Becker. Crafters can delight in our latest guide to blinging out your own clothing, and fans of Kate Spade New York can pore through page after page of pure inspiration. Whatever your fashion fixation is, this month’s new books are sure to get you swooning!

Syndetics book cover9 heads : a guide to drawing fashion / Nancy Riegelman.
“A modern guide to fashion drawing for all levels of student. Effective fashion drawings must be clear, accurate, realistic, and attractive. 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion provides a simple and effective system for learning to create drawings with these qualities. The text teaches how to acquire the techniques, skills, and knowledge needed to make realistic fashion figures to serve as firm foundations for fashion design sketches. Riegelman also covers the fashion topics, terminology, and current trends that design students need to be familiar with, and provides over a thousand new examples of contemporary drawings to inspire students in their work.” – adapted from Global Books in Print.

“Designing a final degree collection is a fashion student’s first chance to approach the reality of the industry. This handbook provides a step-by-step guide to creating this collection, with each chapter exploring a different stage of the project: from understanding the brief and identifying the market to research, development, and sampling, through to garment design, range planning, and styling and presentation. The book will be accompanied by a CD containing 15 additional student case studies”. – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverBlue is the new black : the 10 step guide to developing and producing a fashion collection / Susie Breuer.
“Blue is the New Black
demystifies the process of how to make a fashion collection, and is accessible for all levels. Its an A to Z of the whole fashion process from development to production. A reference guide, a buddy, and a bible of who, what, and where” – adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverA to Z of Hollywood style / compiled by Sinty Stemp.
“A to Z of Hollywood Style brings together style advice from the good, the bad and the beautiful to explore the allure of some of the world’s best-loved film stars: Alfred Hitchcock on elegance, Sophia Loren on sex appeal and Edith Head on how to make a woman more beautiful. This book includes the opinions of critics, designers and film directors, as well as the actors themselves. Including Joan Crawford’s five fashion rules and Marlene Dietrich’s tips for dressing on a budget, A to Z of Hollywood Style is packed full of stylish tips for would-be starlets, or simply those who long for a more glamorous age.” (Catalogue summary)

Syndetics book coverVernier : fashion, femininity & form / essays by Robin Muir and Becky E. Conekin ; edited by Alistair C. Layzell.
“Eugene Vernier (1920-2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history. Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, Vernier worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Yet he was relatively unconcerned with celebrity. Interested only in bringing out the very best in each frame, Vernier was a true craftsman in the fashion photography trade.” – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverkate spade new york : things we love : twenty years of inspiration, intriguing bits and other curiosities / [editors, Deborah Aaronson, Rebecca Kaplan].
“Within the four walls of kate spade new york, personal style is applauded and cultural curiosity is encouraged. Long before the days of pinboards and social sharing, the brand’s in-house creative team began amassing a collection of things we love on their website: a crayon ring, a cocktail doodle, a particularly dreamy photograph. People began visiting and chiming in with suggestions. Now, the things we love have come to life in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary. Each of the book’s 20 chapters is filled with things we love—from the color red to a well-placed bow to a sense of humor and handwritten notes. Part visual diary, part inspirational reference and sprinkled throughout with playful tips and practical advice, things we love is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade new york—a place where the colors are bold, smart design is key and fashion is fun” – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book cover30 years at Vanity Fair / Jonathan Becker.
“Over three decades with Vanity Fair, Jonathan Becker has photographed some of the most fascinating characters from the rarefied worlds of art, literature, politics, pop culture, and society, capturing the personality and individuality of the subjects he celebrates. Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide—from the Amazonian jungle to Buckingham Palace.”- adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe big-ass book of bling / by Mark Montano.
“A fun, flashy, and sassy book for beginner and expert crafters alike–with more than 150 new projects that will add pizzazz to everything from jewelry to tote bags! Now more than ever, most of us are scaling back on shopping sprees and holding on to things longer than usual. But we still need ways to liven up last season’s dress or add some sparkle to our everyday shoes. But how? No need for fancy tools or expensive supplies–Mark Montano presents this beautifully illustrated book that’s jam-packed with more than 150 easy-to-make projects. Featuring simple, step-by-step instructions for each project, The Big-Ass Book of Bling includes everything from ornate shoe clips to rhinestone-studded cuffs to flashy headbands–anything and everything that needs a little sprucing up. So “bling it on” and see how dazzling you can be!”– Provided by publisher.